A Few of My Favorite Things

Sometimes I just get so excited about new products that I have to share them, and in the past month, I’ve come across a few products I hope you might enjoy as much as I do.

First up: Olia Fig Vinaigrette from Israel. On a recent trip to Israel, I visited the Tel Aviv Shuk (market) where I stopped by the Olia stand. I had a chance to taste a few of their products including a range of olive oils and even whole grain mustard, which I enjoyed immensely. But the product I’ve been using almost on a daily basis is their Fig Vinaigrette. Mixed and ready to go, it’s a great simple, sweet (but no too sweet) salad dressing. Time features Olia in their Tel Aviv city guide and yes you can order their products online!

Next up: Spectrum Organic Butter Flavored Shortening. I know – you think this might sound a bit gross. But I promise – I have found it bakes far better than any pareve margarine I have tried. I even used it in my chicken wings sauce recipe, and it turned out GREAT. You can probably find this at a Whole Foods near you, which is where I purchased it.

I am obsessed with more Trader Joe’s products than I could even write about in a single post. But my most recent infatuation has been with their Gourmet Jelly Beans. The flavor selection (18 natural flavors) is really varied, and they really do taste like raspberry, licorice or strawberry smoothie! At $1.99 a box, its an indulgent and fun (not to mention cheap) sweet treat.

Last but not least is PB & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter. I happen to love many flavors that PB & Co offers, but I recommend this one in particular because I think it makes a great pareve frosting. Substitute the White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter for regular PB in any number of recipes and I think you will be delightfully surprised with the richness of flavor it brings to your baking. You can now find PB & Co peanut butter products at mainstream supermarkets, or you can also order online.

Posted on March 4, 2012

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